According to an online survey entitled 10 Biggest Job Likes and Gripes of Employees from Glassdoor, the biggest job “like” listed by employees is the quality of their coworkers, but right after that is their happiness with their work environment. Since HireArt specializes in making sure companies are screening for the most enthusiastic, passionate, and committed employees, we thought we’d look closer at the perks and benefits that go into creating a great place to work. As a recent respondent to one of our own surveys put it, “We have jobs that are high pressure, intense, and fast-paced. We hire…

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The end of December is a great time to look back on the past year, and look forward to the next. Life looks pretty hectic from my perspective; HireArt is a fast-growing startup and we have a lot on our plate. The hiring environment is getting hotter and hotter. But it’s nice to just sit back, take a breath, and reflect on things. So I thought I’d review a few positive numbers as my way of giving thanks and offering up some season’s greetings. First off, many of us sensed that 2014 would be a good year for the economy,…

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In my career as a CEO and serial entrepreneur, I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges in hiring the right employee is to assess their mastery of what are called “soft skills.” These skills aren’t specific bullets, like the ability to write cross-platform mobile apps or create enticing SharePoint pages. Soft skills are the ability to communicate, work in a team, keep a positive attitude, and act like a professional. My guess is that there’s not a hiring manager out there that doesn’t have stories about candidates that looked great on paper but would never fit into the corporate…

Read More Use Video Interviews to Reveal Soft Skills

Meet Yong Zhao, the CEO of Junzi Kitchen.  Yong was looking for a CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) and had some challenges finding an employee who would fit well into his company’s startup culture.  Below is an excerpt from an interview with Yong, explaining his frustrations when looking for viable candidates:  “Everyone thinks that working for a startup means they’re working for the next Facebook.  They don’t realize that the ratio of wins to losses for new companies is not that great.  You really work for a startup because you love the life, not because you are going to be rich. …

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Dear friends and stakeholders in HireArt, HireArt’s co-founders, Elli and Nick, asked me to join HireArt as CEO and I am thrilled. The team is smart and passionate about making meaningful matches between job seekers and employers. They have worked hard to understand the pain points of employers and candidates, and have built a beautiful product that makes hiring easier and more efficient. I am humbled and honored to take on this new role and have high hopes for what we can accomplish as a team. In coming into this new role, my biggest priority is making sure I connect…

Read More A message from HireArt’s new CEO

I’m happy to announce a small—but hopefully useful—update to our employer interface: the ability to edit or change a job’s custom interview question. While this question has always been customizable, it could previously be changed only before the job had gone live on our site. Now it can be changed as often as desired, even after candidates have started applying to the job. When you submit a change to your custom question, we make sure to handle the update as gracefully as possible behind the scenes: New applicants will be given the new question (as expected) Applicants who are finished or in-progress will keep their original question…

Read More New for Employers: Change Your Custom Question

Today I’m happy to announce the release of a totally revamped employer interface. This batch of features is the culmination of almost two months of design, development,  and testing, with two overall goals: Organize and rework our existing features to make them easier to find and use. Give us room to implement the upcoming features in our development pipeline. The motivation for #1 should be pretty clear. We want to make finding and hiring good candidates as easy as possible, which means being able to set-up and manage a job with minimal effort. Unfortunately, with our previous interface, we found that the more features we added, the…

Read More New at HireArt: Revamped Interface for Employers

Every day we speak to people who ask us which early-stage tech companies they should work for. There are thousands of early stage companies, and it can be overwhelming to begin a search to find the team that is right for you. We have constructed a list of early-stage start-ups that we think have real potential. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all great early-stage companies, but we believe it’s a great starting point. The criteria we used to construct this list are: Company was funded in the last 12 months and has not exited, and therefore…

Read More Finding the right early-stage startup to work for – a simple method

You’re probably reading this post because you want to apply to Y Combinator. If you’re thinking of applying my best advice is: Just do it. You may get in or you may not, but at least you’ll have tried. Being scared of rejection should not dissuade you from applying — if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to put yourself in many situations in which rejection is a real possibility, so this is a great place to start. I’ll be honest: When we applied to YC, I was so scared we wouldn’t get in that I…

Read More Fear of Rejection when Applying to Y Combinator

If you do it the traditional way, applying to jobs is typically about as much fun as stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork. I’ve always tried to do as little of it as possible, for obvious reasons. Unless your last name is Walton, however, chances are you’ll need a job, so you can at least make it more pleasant by going at it from a non-traditional angle. Finding jobs via social media is faster, more fun, and it often eliminates the painful cover letter step of the process. Hireart is already doing this with their video submissions, but…

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